'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 23.3.09, Afternoon
Upon our arrival, a merry soldier announces he is just reading a Machsomwatch report on his cell phone... Women and children are waiting for transport at the concrete station. A transit driver from Mal'una complains that he is obliged to leave his vehicle unattended and enter the 'aquarium' (inspection room). He is afraid something will be 'planted' in his car to incriminate him. Unlike him, a driver arriving from inside the West Bank says this crossing is very good, better than Reihan. Another driver complains he was not allowed to tarnsport building materials for the renovation work on his house. Although the cars proceed within minutes, the women and children manage to board a transit coming from within the West Bank only at 14:20. The soldiers do not let us stand near the gate.
At 16:12 a yellow cab enters for inspection. Its inspection takes exactly 18 minutes. At 16:30 many workers hurry towards the terminal on their return trip home. At 16:43 another window opens but shuts soon afterwards, as it is seemingly unnecessary. It will be opened once more at 17:15.
Some of the people on their way back tell us of an accident that happened in the morning at Yirtach checkpoint. A woman was run over. An ambulance was summoned. Rumors have it that she died. Few people now arrive from inside the West Bank, and complain of a delay due to a faulty inspection machine. At 17:20 a young couple comes out. The man points towards the terminal and mutters angrily: "Everything's shit. They're all asses."